How to Reach Out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn? [in 2022]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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One of the best ways to get a job that you will be satisfied with is through the popular networking website LinkedIn.

Getting one at the job that you prefer would prompt you to message the recruiter. Good news! We will teach you step by step how to reach out to a recruiter.

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial on how to reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn, check out this video tutorial:

Should you contact a recruiter on LinkedIn before/after applying for a job?

If you are confident about applying for a job then there would not be any need to contact the recruiter. You can just go to the LinkedIn page of the company you wish to apply for then apply for the job. However, there is also the option of contacting the recruiter in order to ask about the steps in applying for the job.

Some recruiters spend hours each day on Linkedin while searching for the perfect candidate. They can even like it if you contacted them about the job post that they put up. If you do, they would be more than happy to give you more information.

If you already applied for the job, then you can contact the recruiter in order to follow up on your job application if it has been weeks and there has been no response. It would give them the impression that you are really interested in the job post. Even if they already considered other applicants, they could consider you for other job openings if they see that you are a good fit.

How to Reach Out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn?

The first thing to do would be to get the paid version of InMail because that will automatically allow you to message anyone on the platform. If you only have the free version then you can only message the people in your network.

Another option would be to try and connect with the recruiter. LinkedIn will give you the option of sending a private message along with the connection request and this is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the recruiter along with telling this person why you would want to connect.

Tips for Sending an Effective LinkedIn Outreach Email

The first thing to remember would be to address the recruiter with the utmost respect. After all, we all need to get their attention. We want something from them and that is the process of applying for the job listing. There are many other people applying for the same job so getting an advantage would be welcome.

We all know how first impressions last especially since you want to nail a good job even if it is your first try after graduating from college so better make it short and sweet. You would not want your first message to the recruiter to be long and boring. After all, they can easily move on to other applicants who are vying for the same position and you don’t have anyone else to blame but yourself for that miscue.

LinkedIn Outreach Email Examples

Here is an example if you are inquiring about whether or not the job is still open or not:

Hi Natasha!

Hope you are doing well! My name is George and I have an extensive background in programming. I would just like to know if the vacancy in your company of programmer is still open.

If it is, I would love to send my application. Hope you can send me your email. Thank you and have a nice day.

Here is another example where you already submitted your application:

Good Day Ron!

My name is Eliza and I just submitted my application for your job opening for a content writer. Whenever you are free, I would love to discuss why I would be the best fit for this position. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

Here is an example of writing to a recruiter about a future opportunity:

Dear John,

Good Day! My name is Joe and I am currently studying at Harvard University. I am set to graduate soon with high honours in a degree of masters in communications. I saw that your company has a few openings that have interested me so I hope we can talk soon once I graduate.

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